Hiram College
Photo by Niesha Zeigler

Photo by Niesha Zeigler

Senior art major Niesha Zeigler recently put her photography talents to work at a weeklong internship/workshop in Washington, D.C.

An aspiring photographer, Zeigler participated in Momenta Workshop’s Project D.C., from Sept. 25-29, documenting and telling the story of the nonprofit Dance Place, through photos. Momenta is an organization dedicated to training photojournalists and advocating social change through the visual arts.

Zeigler was one of eight participants in the workshop, and the only college participant. Each participant was paired with a nonprofit in D.C., and tasked with putting together a photo story about the organization.

“I have learned that photojournalism is not about capturing the most beautiful image,” she said. “It is about capturing moments and interactions used to tell a story.”

Zeigler considers herself an art photographer, so capturing actions, emotions and moments in a photojournalistic style was new to her.

“I usually set up and stage my photos,” she said. “With photojournalism, there is no staging; photographers go out and take pictures of what they see, with no prior control of their subjects – just watching the world as it happens.”

But by using her art photography experience to her advantage as she captured the art of dance through photos, and through the guidance of Momenta instructors, Zeigler completed the workshop feeling more comfortable with action photography. She produced a photo story on Dance Place, which she presented at the end of the workshop.

Workshop instructors included Jamie Rose, international photojournalist and senior partner at Momenta, and Chip Somodevilla, an award-winning Getty Images staff photographer.

Zeigler, of Euclid, plans to pursue photography in graduate school after she graduates from Hiram.

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Below: A sampling of photos from Zeigler’s photo story: